Astrological Musings & More

astronomy-vs-astrologyEver since the information about a “new” 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus, came to light, people have been asking me about the possible change in their zodiac sign. This has only further been confused for people by NASA’s announcement concerning the shifting of the constellations due to the tilt in the Earth’s axis – once again, supposedly changing all the signs of the zodiac. (I find it interesting that while NASA calls astrology a pseudo-science, they still want to meddle in it.)

Astrology is a very ancient practice and among man‘s earliest learning. There was a time when astrology and astronomy were all one science. Now, astronomy deals solely with distance, magnitudes, masses, compositions, motions, speed, etc. while astrology deals with the influence of these celestial bodies on both animate and inanimate objects and their reactions to such influences.

The great astronomer/astrologer and mathematician Ptolemy created the Tropical Zodiac in 2nd century Alexandria. This is a fixed system that isn’t affected by the changes in the constellations or the Earth’s axis. He used the same names for the zodiac signs as were used for the constellations. This is why the confusion now exists around the change is the celestial zodiac signs. The Tropical Zodiac begins every year based on the position of the Sun at the Spring Equinox on March 21 – Aries, a pseudo-constellation (the name never changes, no matter where the actual constellations may be). This is static. It never changes and isn’t affected by shifts in the Earth’s axis.

Here’s the truth of it: NASA’s right. The constellations have shifted. This is due to a thing called axial “precession”. The Earth wobbles on its axis much like a spinning top. It is this wobble that causes a shift in our perception of the constellations. About every 72 years, the position of the stars and constellations shift about 1 degree. It takes 26,000 years for the Earth to come back to the place it started. Every 2167 years (approximately), we enter a new sign. These are called “Ages”. We were in the Piscean Age and now, many believe, we have entered the Age of Aquarius.

Where NASA got it wrong is their lack of knowledge and understanding concerning astrology. They are still trying to base everything in scientific observation of the constellations rather than from the perspective of astrology which sees the energetic influence of the Sun, the planets in our solar system and the signs of the Tropical Zodiac on us as individuals and as a planet to be of prime importance. Astrologers interpret the influence of the energies surrounding a person, place or thing, whether that moment is a birth or something else. Apples and oranges, my friends. These are two totally different things.

So, no your astrological sign has not changed and never will, no matter what happens to our shifting perception of the celestial constellations – you know, astronomy.

There have been a number of astrologers who have even put forth the theory that there is a conspiracy to confuse everyone about astrology so as to further discredit it. Not everything old is useless and no longer credible. The suppression of ancient teachings and practices, like astrology, could mean the further loss of valuable tools for learning who we really are. When in doubt…ask an astrologer!

New Moon
There’s a New Moon in Libra happening on Friday, September 30th at 8:11 p.m. EDT. With the Sun and Moon both in Libra, this will give clear perception to those of us who don’t rely to much on others and are able to move forward spontaneously.

There is a desire to do good and people will be courteous and quite affable now. Individuals may find that there mind is more harmonious and hopeful.

This is a great time for art and music, as well as professions like architecture, politics, and the law. Socializing can bring advancement and success in many areas. Partnerships of all types can be advantageous if you don’t rely too heavily on that partner.

This is a time of seeking balance and harmony in all areas of ones life – both externally and internally. Rituals, for their aesthetic possibilities, may help in finding the balance and harmony you seek.

The kidneys, ruled by Libra, are vulnerable at this time. Take care not to imbibe too much of anything that contains impurities. This could be hard for your kidneys to handle right now.

This is a time to try to understand the other person’s point of view. In doing so, you may come to learn your own better and how to relate to others in any relationship.

Mercury in Libra 2
On Friday, October 7th, Mercury will enter the sign of Libra as well. Your mind may truly turn to human relations and psychology now. You may take a sincere interest in understanding the behavior patterns of others. Good communication in any relationship becomes essential.

The energy of this placement seeks harmony, but also seeks justice. Considering all sides of a situation before making a decision can be very helpful. Just don’t delay the decision for too long and miss an opportunity!

This placement may make some people highly sensitive to odors and even the personal appearance and mannerisms of others. Uncouth manners and unfair motives can be distasteful and the need to avoid them may be strong.

Overall, this is a time to seek out others of like mind for some good conversations that border on the philosophical and may even turn to debate. The mind wants to learn and be stimulated!


The dance of the stars is a small one this time. I hope the coming two weeks gives you much pleasure and many good adventures!!!


Love & Blessed Be

One response to “Astrological Musings & More

  1. Reblogged this on Grandtrines and commented:
    Well written. We actually have 88 Major Constellations, and if anyone wants to add a “13th” why not use all 88? It is because the Twelve Sign system is simpler and easier to use for everyone! And, as you point out, it is has been well established for thousands of year. These silly “13th sign” rumors circulate the Internet ever few years like a bad chain letter. A few years before he died, Cainer pointed that out. See, also:

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